Circus Circus
447 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden
The name says it all, really. With all-day dining, this popular Mt Eden cafe has lion statues out the front and inside, a candy floss and popcorn cart. If you've got room afterwards, The Candyman is just across the road. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Library Cafe
55 Princes St, Onehunga
This cafe has a bouncy castle and trampoline, so it might pay to let the kids burn off a bit of energy before they tuck into their meal. Housed in a heritage building, it also has a reading lounge and children's play area with blackboard, toys and books. The kids' menu has favourites such as chicken and chips and toasted sammies, and smaller meals can be purchased from the breakfast menu. Open for breakfast and lunch.

Italian restaurant Baduzzi. Photo / Babiche Martens.

Corner Jellicoe St and Fish Lane, North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter
This reputable Italian restaurant (owned by The Grove's Michael Dearth) gets top marks for creativity when catering for littlies. Check out their Scooter Sundays, a weekly scooter obstacle course down Fish Lane. They also have a fantastic kids' menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week, and lunch and dinner on weekends.

The Luscious Food Store
547 Te Atatu Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula
If the weather's fine, head west and let the kids run around the large garden and play in the sandpit while you relax over your meal. The kids' menu includes mini mince pies, fish'n'chips, and they've been known to heat up their fair share of baby bottles. Open for breakfast and lunch during the week, and dinners on Saturdays.